A former Chief of Army Staff under President Olusegun Obasanjo, Lt. Gen. Victor Malu, is dead.
According to a family source in Makurdi, Malu died early on Monday in Cairo, where he had travelled to two weeks ago for medical treatment.
The family source, who is a cousin to Malu, Bem Adoor, told one of our correspondents in Makurdi that he was 70 years old.
Malu was a commander, ECOMOG Peace Keeping Force in Sierra Leone and Liberia from August 1996 to January 1998.
He was born on January 15, 1947 in Katsina Ala Local Government of Benue State.
In 1967, he enrolled at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna as part of the 3rd regular course and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1970.
Malu chaired the military tribunal that tried former Chief of General Staff and Vice-Chairman, Armed Forces Ruling Council, Gen. Oladipo Diya and others in 1998 over an alleged coup plot against the then Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday extended his condolences to the Malu family as well as the government and people of Benue State.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President also commiserated with the Nigerian Armed Forces on the demise of a professional colleague who, he said, demonstrated incredible courage and leadership, including very turbulent times in Liberia.
The statement read, “The President recalls that as Force Commander of the ECOMOG peace-keeping troops in Liberia from 1996 to 1998, Gen. Malu was an icon of professionalism, bravery and discipline and he aptly demonstrated these attributes throughout his national and international military assignments.
“The President believes the late Gen. Malu will be fondly remembered for his dedication and commitment as a military officer and his numerous landmark contributions to Nigeria’s unity and development.
A former Lagos State Police Commissioner, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, said, “We have lost a brave and outspoken officer whose vacuum may not be filled.”
A former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, said, “He was a soldier who distinguished himself, paid his dues appropriately to defend the integrity of Nigeria. As a fine military gentleman, he distinguished himself in many military operations.”